Street Dance in American Culture

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  • Topic: Street dance, Dance, Hip hop
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  • Published : May 28, 2013
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Foreword ………………………. page 3 History and classification ……………………… page 4 Characteristics ……………………… page 6 Styles ……………………… page 6 Breakdance …………………….. page 8 Dance techniques ……………………… page 9 Music ……………………… page 10 Fashion ……………………… page 10 Gender Inequalities ……………………… page 12 Battles ……………………… page 13 Crews ……………………… page 14 Controversy ……………………… page 15 List of breakdance moves ……………………… page 16 Popping ………………………. page 34 Terminology ……………………… page 34 Characteristics ……………………… page 35 Music ……………………… page 35 Related styles and techniques …………………… page 36 Locking ……………………… page 39 History ……………………… page 40 Moves …………………… page 40 Krumping ……………………… page 43 History ……………………… page 43 Christian element ……………………… page 44 Face paint ……………………… page 44 Music ……………………… page 44 Fams ……………………… page 44 Controversy ……………………… page 45 Dance competitions ……………………… page 45 Bibliography ……………………… page 47 Foreword

For many years street dance has been an alternative for those who didn’t find themselves in the conformism of classical dances. Even though its birth place was in the United States, it has rapidly expanded to the whole world, but it has not changed. The dancers are all united under the same language: either slow, sleek movements or fast, breathtaking breakdance or krump moves. The dancers battle, show off, challenge each other, all this in order to impress the audience but most of all to express through dancing. They can be breakdancers: athletic, fearless, they twist, they twirl, seem beyond gravity and live audience in amazement. They can be poppers or lockers with elaborated dance moves and a lot of personal style brought into the dance. There are also the aggressive krumpers who seem to transform their anger into dance moves. All different apparently but the same in essence. Street dance is not about memorizing some moves and performing them in front of an audience. The street dancer feels the music and he needs no choreography. The moves come from his deepest emotions, different from one individual to another, thus resulting the variety of sub-styles. The street dancer from the USA is nothing different from any other of his kind in the world. Yes, he has a bigger heritage from the previous generations but this is a matter historians should worry about. Dancing makes them just like it makes the others let go of their fears, be confident in themselves, dream, love and find happiness in something this simple. I have chosen this subject because I myself am part of a dance crew for two years. During this time I have learned much both about dance skills and expressing through music and also about team spirit and friendship. History and...
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